Given the rough period the wagon train has been having, Chris decides it is time for a hoedown to pick up everyone's spirits. However, he notices young Janey Cutler and Dick Pederson are not at the dance so he checks on them. Janey with a smudged face is busy handling the chores at the wagon she shares with her pregnant mother who is close to full-term and five younger sisters. Mrs. Cutler's husband has passed away so Janey has tried to pick up the slack created by her father's death. Chris tries to persuade her to attend the dance but she is busy with the chores and a mother who can't due much due to her condition. Meanwhile, Dick is off playing with Janey's younger sisters which seems suspicious to Janey. Why would a nearly adult man want to play young girl's games. Janey wants Dick to stay away from her and especially her sisters. When Janey's sisters start falling sick one by one with diphtheria, Dick volunteers to drive their isolated wagon even though he has no immunity. Mrs. ...